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Archive for 2012

“Best value” printer? When is this true?

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 - Posted in Comparisons, Pricing, Printer Market, Special Offers, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1210 – I’ve just received a marketing email from an online retailer that includes an element boasting ‘Best Value Printer’. This sort of claim is guaranteed to catch my eye and just has to be looked at more closely, doesn’t it? But what does the claim actually mean? What do marketing emails ultimately say about the company that produces them?

Where are the windows in Windows 8?

Sunday, October 28th, 2012 - Posted in New Products, Productivity Tools, Strategy, Workflow | No Comments »

Issue #1208 – As we see the launch of the much-talked-about Windows 8 by Microsoft today, we have to say, “It’s a really good thing Microsoft does not make printers!” Why? Simply because Windows 8 is sadly lacking its Windows! User interface designer and software developer Dave Maude takes a look at some of the technicalities of Windows 8 that seem to have been overlooked in the media so far.

CharisCo Printer Labs seeks beta testers for Total Cost of Printing app

Thursday, October 4th, 2012 - Posted in Managed Print Services, New Products, News, Productivity Tools, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing, Total Print Management | No Comments »

Issue #1207 – CharisCo Printer Labs has reached an exciting juncture with its brand new Total Cost of Printing calculator, tcprojector, now at the beta testing stage. The online application is targeted initially at printer dealers and MPS providers to educate printer purchase decisions by projecting long-lasting value over initial savings and we would like to invite resellers to apply to have free access while beta testing the app over the next few weeks.

TCPglobal celebrates 10 years – origin, influence and anticipation (a buzz commentary dedicated to Total Cost of Printing)

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 - Posted in News, Printer Market, Printing culture, Total Cost of Printing | 1 Comment »

Issue #1206 – Celebrating its 10th birthday, CharisCo Printer Labs’ ezine, TCPglobal, is pushing ever forwards with news and reviews and highlighting issues in the industry that affect the bottom line of printer and MFP users. “If it affects your pocket, it’s fair game for TCPglobal”. This article offers a potted review of the decade and gives pointers towards developments in the future.

Power Consumption re-emerges as a key factor in printer cost savings for business

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 - Posted in Comparisons, Environmental, Hardware, New Products, Print Technology, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1205 – New printer and office MFP models from Hewlett-Packard and Oki demonstrate how power consumption has again been tagged as a key area for cost savings for businesses (as well as saving the planet of course). Auto-off features are used as a means of dropping power consumption to less than 1 Watt when the device is not in use.

Do you need convincing that business inkjet costs 50% less than laser? The options are improving each year.

Saturday, March 17th, 2012 - Posted in Comparisons, Print Technology, Printer Market, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1204 – While printer manufacturers increasing realise that business inkjet is an essential addition to their product line-up, users are only slowly giving them serious attention. I believe that inkjet is the office technology of the future – we provide conclusive proof that Total Cost of Printing is undeniably in their favour.

Is it time to reverse the printer price war of the 90s and noughties?

Monday, March 5th, 2012 - Posted in Financials, Pricing, Printer Market, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1203 – Poor, if not frightening, first quarter results from market leader Hewlett-Packard, together with a not-so-good outlook for the printer industry as a whole, are a pointer that the printer industry absolutely cannot sit back on its laurels and expect to survive on past business models and product ranges.

A3 Office inkjet multifunction segment bolstered by Epson Workforce A3 but with disappointing Total Cost of Printing

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, New Products, Pricing, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

Issue #1202 – Having enjoyed the first A3 inkjet multifunction devices from Brother two and a half years ago, and witnessed Brother’s dramatic cut in supplies costs with the introduction of the LC-1280XL series cartridges a year ago, it is both encouraging and disappointing to see Epson’s entry joining Hewlett-Packard’s also disappointing contender, launched 18 months ago.

Wow! Epson undercuts Hewlett-Packard Officejet Pro for Total Cost of Printing!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 - Posted in Comparisons, Hardware, New Products, Pricing, Print Technology, Supplies, Total Cost of Printing | No Comments »

#1201 – There is nothing like a good challenge to exercise the mind and it seems that Epson has delivered a mighty challenge to Hewlett-Packard in the office inkjet arena. The big questions, though, are, ‘what is the nature of the challenge’?; ‘how big is the challenge’?; and ‘what does the challenge mean for users and for Hewlett-Packard’?